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Post-Hillary, Who?


By John Feehery

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So, let’s assume that Hillary doesn’t run for the White House, for a second.

She wiped her servers clean, she lied to the public about wanting to to send emails from only one device, her top staffer had an unusually cozy and lucrative relationship with a shadowy PR front group that is being probed by the Senate, the relationship between her and her husband is a bit unique, and her husband’s former paramour and intern is now starring on The View.

So, let just posit that Hillary becomes untenable as a Presidential candidate.  The one thing that is propping her up is the sad fact that the Democrats have no bench.  Who will run if Hillary doesn’t run, the question goes.

Here are my power top-ten rankings about the Democratic field, sans Hillary. (more…)

Can Ted Cruz Win? (Probably Not)


By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in The Hill.)

I was listening to Rush Limbaugh when I heard the advertisement.

The voice blaring over the radio belonged to the junior senator from Texas, and he was calling for the Congress to defund ObamaCare. He was also urging listeners to donate to the Senate Conservatives Fund, an organization that’s spent millions of dollars attacking fellow Republicans for being what it deems insufficiently conservative.

Ted Cruz, having burned his bridges in the Senate, now thinks his destiny lies in a race for the White House. Perhaps it does, but his assault on almost every one of his fellow Republicans during his brief tenure in the upper chamber, while not completely unprecedented, is certainly a creative way to get the nomination. (more…)

Hillary’s First Bout With the Media in 2016 Campaign


By John Feehery

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On January 20, 1993, I shook Bill Clinton’s hand.

It was a big, soft paw, and the setting was more than a bit surreal.

I had the job of escorting Marilyn Quayle down to her seat on the West Front of the Capitol.  In typical Marilyn Quayle fashion, she was cold as ice, even though the weather in DC was relatively benign. (more…)

Not Ready for the Secretive Hillary


By John Feehery

Formal portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton with flag, 2009

“Hillary Clinton official Secretary of State portrait crop” by United States Department of State – Official Photo at Department of State page. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

We live in a transparent and authentic age, although very few of our politicians are perceived as being either transparent or authentic.

I think that’s one of the reasons why there is so much distrust of our political system.    People think they are being lied to by the politicians and they are usually correct.

Of course, for many voters, this is an exercise in self-delusion.   They simply don’t want to know the truth or at least acknowledge it. (more…)

The Great Distraction


By John Feehery


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(This originally appeared in The Hill)

People ask me how the 2016 presidential election will impact the legislative agenda this year.

My answer: Rudy Giuliani.

The former New York mayor is not even running for president (been there, done that). But he was quoted at a private fundraiser for Scott Walker — who is thinking about throwing his hat in the ring — saying that Barack Obama doesn’t truly love America.  (more…)


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